90-Year-Old Salted Egg Seller Still Enthusiastic to Work, Giving Alms

She is determined to share every money she gets with her family and people in need. "No matter how much money I get, I will share it with those in need. My wealth is just a gift from Allah," she said.

Grandma Jamaah (90)
Grandma Jamaah (90). (ACTNews/Feby Larasati)

ACTNews, SOUTH TANGERANG – On Jalan Pondok Betung Jaya, South Tangerang, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) team met a Grandma Jamaah (90) who was pushing a cart filled with salted eggs. She walks with a bent body while peddling salted eggs every day. The price of a salted egg is IDR 4,000 with a profit of only IDR 500 per egg.

Previously, Grandma Jamaah lived in a rented house. However, she could not afford the rent fee. A carpenter gave a place to live for free. She lives in small storage that was turned into a room. Instead, she is given the task of tending the garden and guarding the car park.

Grandma Jamaah decided to stay away from her ten children because she did not want to burden their married life. "My children never give anything to me, not even a penny, including on Eid,” said Jamaah, who accidentally shed tears when telling her story.

Grandma Jamaah’s spirit does not fade even though she is old and has a frail body. She continues to share with others. She gives every money she gets to her family and those in need. 

"No matter how much money I get, I will share it with those in need. My wealth is just a gift from Allah. Previously, someone gave me IDR 3 million, and I immediately gave it to those in need," she said.

When ACT team visiting her house, the place looks inadequate to stay. The storage is 3 by 3 square meters with an asbestos roof and walls that are not fully covered. It is hot during the day and cold at night. She never complains. Have we learned from the spirit of Grandma Jamaah? []